- kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
- of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
- mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
- calm or mild, as of the weather.
- of or relating to moderates, as in politics or religion.
- a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
- (usually initial capital letter) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.
- to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
- to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).
- to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
- to act as moderator; preside.
Origin of moderate
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Examples from the Web for moderate
Alcohol and sugar, even in moderate amounts, are not only sinful but poisonous.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Yes, the gun: “While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
As with so many things, keeping screen time in moderate amounts seems key.Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
Too moderate and the more radical groups call you a snitch, jeopardizing your standing and authority at demonstrations.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
Members of the Syrian moderate opposition want to coordinate on airstrikes, but say they have been rebuffed.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But this was moderate, as the Edgware "folly" reached £250,000.De Libris: Prose and Verse
What is the approximate temperature for: (a) a moderate oven?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
But it kept ON moderating, and in a precious little while it was 'most too moderate.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Sterling loved to be under water, even in moderate weather.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limitsmoderate demands
- not violent; mild or temperate
- of average quality or extentmoderate success
- a person who holds moderate views, esp in politics
- to become or cause to become less extreme or violent
- (when intr, often foll by over) to preside over a meeting, discussion, etc
- British and NZ to act as an external moderator of the overall standards and marks for (some types of educational assessment)
- physics to slow down (neutrons), esp by using a moderator
- (tr) to monitor (the conversations in an on-line chatroom) for bad language, inappropriate content, etc
Word Origin and History for moderate
late 14c., originally of weather and other physical conditions, from Latin moderatus "within bounds, observing moderation;" figuratively "modest, restrained," past participle of moderari "to regulate, mitigate, restrain, temper, set a measure, keep (something) within measure," related to modus "measure," from PIE *med-es-, from base *med- (see medical (adj.)). The notion is "keeping within due measure." In English, of persons from early 15c.; of opinions from 1640s; of prices from 1904. Related: Moderateness.
early 15c., "to abate excessiveness;" from Latin moderatus, past participle of moderari (see moderate (adj.)). Meaning "to preside over a debate" is first attested 1570s. Related: Moderated; moderating.
"one who holds moderate opinions on controversial subjects," 1794, from moderate (adj.). Related: Moderatism; -moderantism.